My name is Younès Messaddeq. I hold the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Enabling Photonic Innovations for Information and Communication. The first goal of my research is to set up Canada’s first laboratory for research on glass materials. Once we have done so, we will start exploring new materials for information and communication. Third, we will provide people with advanced training in the field of glass materials.
The proudest achievement of my entire 20‑year career is having established a very large, international research laboratory in Brazil. There are currently more than 45 researchers in my research group, and we are receiving industrial contracts from major companies in countries such as France, Canada and the United States. We are also providing training to people currently working in Brazil.
My reason for choosing Canada, and specifically Quebec and Université Laval, to carry out this research is, first and foremost, Canada’s international reputation. Secondly, Quebec, and especially Université Laval, are very well known for Laval’s Centre for Optics, Photonics and Lasers, and Quebec’s National Optics Institute. These two things were fundamental for choosing a place to work and also, I hope, to explore new research in this domain.
Our dream is to establish, at the Université Laval, Canada’s first glass-research institute. Secondly, to train researchers in this field for Canada. And, thirdly, for our research to yield benefits in all areas—the environment, agriculture, medicine, and, of course, photonics and communication.